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Return of the Droid: Kenny Baker Confirmed for "Episode II"

I posted an item earlier this week that said Kenny Baker would not be reprising the role of R2D2 in "Episode II". This report originated at the IMDb and it was confirmed by, a respected Star Wars fan site. However, a notice posted yesterday at refutes the story and says that Baker is in "Episode II". George Lucas is quoted: "...there's an element of humanity to Artoo that comes from having Kenny Baker inside. We've always had Kenny scheduled for a number of shots during the final week of shooting at Elstree Studios."

A possible explanation for the confusion is posted at T'bone's Prequel Preview. According to the site, Baker was always part of the cast, but his involvement wasn't confirmed until mid-August. Baker's comments—posted at the IMDb—must have been recorded before he knew he was part of the cast. Austrailian-based filming for "Episode II" has been in full swing for much of the summer and Baker was not among the cast, so the confirmation of his involvement seems a little late. Nonetheless, the good news is that Baker will return and R2 won't be going the way of Jar-Jar.

Posted by Mac on August 31, 2000 06:23 PM
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